Thursday, October 26, 2017

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE movie
Sergeant Adam Schumann (Miles Teller) returns home to his wife Saskia (Haley Bennett) and children after duty in Iraq. He and his buddies Solo (Beulah Koale) and Will (Joe Cole) struggle with post traumatic stress disorder while adjusting to changes in their civilian lives.

Miles Teller's dominant performance drives this emotional drama. Based on the non-fiction book by David Finkel, this
realistic look at PTSD doesn't hold back any punches when it comes to a graphic depiction of war and the mental stress that lingers long after battle. Director/screenwriter Jason Hall may just skim the surface of these soldiers' problems, but the film is effective without hammering home the issues. The biggest stumbling block is a pace that slows down way too much at times. Miles Teller, who is also memorable in 2017's "Only the Brave", leads a cast that makes this movie worth sitting through. Besides Haley Bennett, Beulah Koale and Joe Cole, Scott Haze is very good as a wounded comrade readjusting to life after being saved by Schumann. In the small role of a soldier's widow, Amy Schumer proves she can deliver more than laughs. There's a new Bruce Springsteen song called "Freedom Cadence" over the closing credits, along with photos of the real soldiers being portrayed on screen. Even with flaws, "Thank You for Your Service" successfully conveys its message about the plight of veterans and their families - for this we all should be thankful. (3 CAMS)


Rated R (strong violent content, language throughout, some sexuality, drug material and brief nudity)
Running Time: 108 minutes